Department of Numbers

Iowa Unemployment

According to the BLS current population survey (CPS), the unemployment rate for Iowa fell 0.0 percentage points in May 2019 to 2.4%. The state unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than the national rate for the month. The unemployment rate in Iowa peaked in May 2009 at 6.6% and is now 4.2 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 2.4% in July 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.0 percentage points. You can also see Iowa unemployment compared to other states.

Unemployment Rate May 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.6% 0.0 -0.2
Iowa 2.4% 0.0 -0.2

Note: All comparisons are made with May data as June state level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Iowa, National

Iowa monthly unemployment rate chart from 1990 to May 2019

Note: Recessions shown in gray

Iowa Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Iowa peaked in June 2009 at 111,837. There are now 71,145 fewer people unemployed in the state. From a recent trough of 39,963 in September 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 729. Iowa job growth data is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Iowa 40,692 +385 -2,754

Number of Unemployed Persons

Monthly chart of total unemployed in Iowa from 1990 to May 2019

Iowa Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployment Rate
Iowa
Unemployed
June 2019 3.7%
May 2019 3.6% 2.4% 40,692
April 2019 3.6% 2.4% 40,307
March 2019 3.8% 2.4% 40,494
February 2019 3.8% 2.4% 40,020
January 2019 4.0% 2.4% 40,630
December 2018 3.9% 2.4% 40,369
November 2018 3.7% 2.4% 40,268
October 2018 3.8% 2.4% 40,008
September 2018 3.7% 2.4% 39,963
August 2018 3.8% 2.4% 40,240
July 2018 3.9% 2.4% 41,019